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Lethal Protector: The Twisted Comics History Of Venom


There’s something about the evil doppelganger that’s irresistible in superhero comics, and among a crowded room of Bizarros, Reverse Flashes and Sabretooths, one dark mirror of a villain stands out as the most iconic; the sinister symbiote known as Venom, which made its first full appearance in comics on this day in 1988.

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FOX ‘X-Men’ TV Series Near Pilot Order, Movie Connection Revealed

FOX XMen TV Series Pilot Movie Connection
20th Century Fox

FX X-Men drama Legion has understandably pulled focus for its February premiere, but what of Burn Notice creator Matt Nix’s FOX series, which was said to feature a couple with mutant children on the run? Reports indicate a pilot order is heating up, while Nix himself previews the untitled series’ place within the X-Men films.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Will Be a ‘Solo Movie’ With ‘A Lot of Characters’

20th Century Fox

Deadpool, by his very nature as a mercenary, assassin, and general pain-in-the-butt, doesn’t play very well with others. For most of his comic book life, he’s been separated from the rest of the Marvel Universe, although in recent years he has become an unlikely member of teams like X-Force, the Thunderbolts, and even the Avengers. His first movie, Deadpool, was similarly shut off, not just from the Marvel Cinematic Universe but most of the X-Men Cinematic Universe. Apart from appearances from Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool stood alone.

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Bendis and Marquez Bring ‘The Defenders’ Back To Comics, Starring Exactly Who You Expect


The Defenders are back! Except now they're four of Brian Michael Bendis's New Avengers. Which is to say, they're the same four heroes who are starring in the Netflix Defenders franchise: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

The newly announced ongoing series comes from Bendis and artist David Marquez, who also worked together on Civil War II, and previously worked together on Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man and Invincible Iron Man.

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Ironheart Makes Her Video Game Debut In Latest ‘Marvel: Future Fight’ Update

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One of the best things about Marvel's slate of mobile-based video games is that the publisher is able to use the platform to introduce new characters and concepts to a massive audience outside of the comics, and it's something the games have taken advantage of time and time again with characters like Robbie Reyes, Kamala Khan and America Chavez.

Alongside an update that brings in content tied into upcoming event Monsters Unleashed, the latest new character to make their video game debut is none other than Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart who has been announced as a new playable character in Marvel: Future Fight alongside Kate Bishop and Queen Medusa.

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Rogues’ Gallery: The Transformers’ Top Ten Villains

Alex Milne / IDW
Alex Milne / IDW

A hero is defined by their villains, and comic books are filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of our favorite heroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who the ultimate Transformers villain was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for January 11 2017


The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, “Which comic books should I be reading?” or, “I’m new to comics, what’s a good place to start?” The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Review: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Jokes Away ‘LMD’ Reboot With ‘Broken Promises’

Agents of SHIELD LMD Broken Promises Review
Marvel / ABC

Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ awakens Season 4 from sleep mode with 2017 ‘LMD’ premiere “Broken Promises,” but is and admission of robot uprising clichés enough to replace ‘Ghost Rider’? And who’s (unsurprisingly) pulling AIDA’s strings? Find out in our full review of tonight’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ premiere!

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FX ‘Legion’ Boss Reveals What Mutant Powers We’ll See in Season 1

Legion Mutant Powers Noah Hawley

You’d be forgiven not to have the clearest sense of what Noah Hawley’s X-Men derived Legion is actually about, given the surreal nature of all the footage released. By the same token, its mutant connection to the X-Men world has been kept somewhat vague, though Hawley himself now explains what powers and connections to the franchise we’ll see in Season 1.

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Duggan And Kuder Head For The Stars With ‘All-New Guardians of the Galaxy’


This year sees the cinematic return of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and it also sees the conclusion of Brian Michael Bendis' years-long run with the franchise, so the odds were good that the ongoing series would be relaunched in some way to capitalize on the new film's release.

Today, Marvel announced that Deadpool's Gerry Duggan and Action Comics' Aaron Kuder, along with colorist Ive Svorcina, will launch All-New Guardians of the Galaxy in May, published on a twice-monthly schedule.

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